"Mayas" in Paris

From October 07, 2014 to February 02, 2015
  • Maya_NCH_1351.Classique tardif (600-900 apr. J.-C.). Matériaux et techniques: Céramique

    Maya_NCH_1351.Classique tardif (600-900 apr. J.-C.). Matériaux et techniques: Céramique

    © Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico, Mexique / Photographe: Ignacio Guevara

  • Maya_NCH_3381.Ce fragment de pierre représente le seigneur de Palenque captif. Classique tardif (600-900 apr. J.-C.). Matériaux et techniques: Calcaire. Pays: Toniná, Chiapas, Mexique

    Maya_NCH_3381.Ce fragment de pierre représente le seigneur de Palenque captif. Classique tardif (600-900 apr. J.-C.). Matériaux et techniques: Calcaire. Pays: Toniná, Chiapas, Mexique

    © Musée du site de Toniná, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexique / Photographe: Ignacio Guevara

"Mayas" in Paris 37 quai Branly 75007 Paris fr

Exceptional in terms of its geographical and temporal extent, the exhibition Mayas presents objects from the majority of Maya territories (modern-day Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico) and from the different periods that mark the extraordinary longevity of this civilisation, from the first archaeological remains (first millennium B.C.) until the present day.

The Mayas have left to posterity cities with spectacular architecture, sculpture of great a esthetic development, remarkable frescoes, refined ceramic vases…

The exhibition presents nearly 400 works of art – including bas-relief and high relief sculptures, ceramic containers, lapidary art in jade, grave figurines and artefacts, jewellery, colonial documents, textiles etc. – on the themes of the sacred and the ritual.*

The objects collected during archaeological excavations today enable us to reconstruct the beliefs, rituals, everyday life and history of this civilisation with its fascinating culture.

The exhibition on the art of a great civilisation allows us to understand the legacy the Maya have left to humanity. Employing a themed structure, the exhibition presents the different aspects of this culture, its creative capacity and technical advancement. It offers both a general overview of this culture and shows the great variety of styles and aesthetic successes of the different Maya groups (of wich there were around 28), each of them with its own language and means of expression.

Exhibition overview

  • People and nature
  • The human community and everyday life
  • Humanity, time and the stars
  • At the heart of the cities
  • The governing elite and their historiography
  • Sacred powers
  • Humanity and the gods: rituals
  • "Entering the Way": funerary rituals

Opening hours

  • Tuesday, wednesday and sunday from 11am to 7pm
  • Thursday, friday and saturday from 11am to 9pm

Contact

Musée du quai Branly
37 quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 56 61 70 00

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